The new version, 4.5.2, will allow users to delete emails when long pressing the actual email from the inbox (or other folder).
In the previous version, which was a major overhaul in its own right, Google removed the trash icon, making the default selection "Archive." To delete the file, users had to go to the setting and "Show Delete Only" from the Archive menu. It was annoying.
More info here in the official Gmail updates page: Gmail for Android
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Jun 2013 18:12